The proposed regulatory amendment to O. Reg. 666/98 (Possession, Buying and Selling of Wildlife) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 proceeded and was published in the Ontario Gazette on September 4, 2010. As a result, the transport of live captive cervids into Ontario is restricted to persons with a valid provincial permit through the addition of section 30.1 to the regulation. The regulation specifies criteria to be met to help prevent chronic wasting disease from being introduced to Ontario from live captive cervids transported from other jurisdictions.
The regulation can be found online at:
The regulation provides for the Minister of Natural Resources to issue a permit to transport live captive cervids into Ontario when the person provides a written notice from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for cervids destined to a place of slaughter or captivity.
The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs may issue a written notice if satisfied that the cervids are from a herd that participates in a chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance programme and is certified by a veterinarian according to the programme, and is unlikely to be a risk of spreading CWD. Additionally, the regulation requires that the place of captivity adopt specified measures to prevent the introduction and spread of disease, and the animals be uniquely identified.
In order for a person to satisfy the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and be considered for issuance of a written notice, the following listed documents are required. This documentation and policy has been modeled after that of Quebec.
• Application for a written notice specifying species and number to be transported, purpose of transport, destination, buyer and intended date of transport;
• Cervid Movement Permit issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA);
• Owner-vendor attestation of CWD sampling conducted and results, confirmation, suspicion and risk of CWD in herd, buyer information, and details of animals to be transported.
• Herd veterinary practitioner’s herd health statement;
• Statement from CWD surveillance program veterinary practitioner certifying that the herd is enrolled in a CWD surveillance program, the herd has achieved certified status on that program, and it is located more than 40 km from any site diagnosed or has an epidemiological link to CWD.
• List of animals introduced into the herd in the last 36 months, their origin and a statement of herd health from the previous herd’s veterinary practitioner.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs also developed a guide, Premises Standards for Captive Cervid Import, to assist in meeting the physical requirements of the place of captivity to prevent the introduction and spread of disease
For more information on the documentation to be provided for issuance of a written notice and the place of captivity requirements, please contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Coordinator - Veterinary Services at (519)826-7612.